Overview & Highlights
Combine the famous train ride along the rim and through the gorges of desert Mexico's Copper Canyon with the beaches of Baja California. This route shows travellers two extremes of Mexico’s natural scenery, from uncharted expanses to picture-perfect beach scenes.
- Explore the highlights of Mexico City from the modern city to ancient ruins
- Discover the unique Copper Canyon from the desert to coast through spectacular mountain passes
- Relax and explore the coast of Baja California
Inland from Mexico's west coast the seemingly fathomless Copper Canyon cuts a swathe through the barren desert crust. You’ll ride world-famous railway traversing this route, with views of some of the continent's most spectacular mountain scenery. There are a score of ravines and gorges, and an infinite variety of landscape and vegetation from snow-dusted peaks smothered in conifers to sub-tropical citrus groves.
Mexico’s Baja California is a finger of desert stretching 1,300km south from California, separated from the Mexican mainland by the Sea of Cortés. The southern tip, with its chalk-white sands and translucent aquamarine seas, attracts visitors from all over the world, especially the US and Europe. But instead of staying at a large beach resort you will be based in the colonial centre of arty San José del Cabo, where there are plenty of outdoor and cultural activities to choose from.
Copper Canyon Railway departure schedules are subject to change, which could result in alterations to the described itinerary. Our expert Travel Consultants will be able to advise you if this is the case at the time of booking.
Please contact us if wish to enquire about upgrading your rail travel experience to the Chepe Express.
Arrive Mexico City, transfer to hotel in the city centre.
Visit Teotihuacan pyramids and Guadeloupe shrine.
Fly to Chihuahua in northwest Mexico.
Travel to Creel by road and overnight.
By train to Posada Barrancas.
Optional zipline across the canyon.
Continue by rail to El Fuerte
Fly from Los Mochis to Cabo San Lucas, Baja California. Transfer to hotel in San José del Cabo.
At leisure in Los Cabos.
Optional whale watching and kayaking
Transfer to the airport for international flight.
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The overall experience was friendly and efficient, seeing the most amazing places from high up in the desert to the wilds of Patagonia.CB, Beckenham
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Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
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